Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"This session was primarily dedicated to working with the student through his most recent assignment in Algebra, which involved a series of exercises on translating, solving, and graphing linear equations and inequalities from provided word problems. A review of the translating process served as a refresher on how certain phrases can be represented algebraically. Orienting this process in terms of the slope-intercept formula seemed to clarify the logic of the algebraic relations and to facilitate the task of graphing, as most questions involved a flat rate and intercept term of some kind. Practical applications of the content reviewed were provided to make the operating procedure more concrete."
"Today I prepared with the student for his math final on Monday. We covered a whole range of problems for his knowledge check, including fractions, integers, inequalities, and word problems, and hopefully that will jog his memory for his final. He continues to do math well."
"Today is the final prep day before the student's math final on Thursday. We began the session by reviewing the study guide and playing math hangman. However, I noticed the student wasn't retaining much information or focusing on doing the problem, so I decided it would be better to work on problems together instead. Towards the end of the session, she started to be able to solve problems on her own with minimal input from me."
"Today the student and I continued working on material that we first discussed last week involving use of square roots and of the Pythagorean theorem. He understands generally how to do these problems, but often gets confused over details. For instance, he sometimes squares numbers when he means to take their square root, or multiplies numbers when he means to add or square them. I think he is getting better at these, but we need to keep doing a lot of practice problems to really reinforce the ideas. Today we worked on a review of a worksheet that covered several issues having to do with square roots, and then did several practice problems from his textbook. He can look at a few more of these practice problems before our next session. For the time being, he is completely up to speed on the assignments in the course. He and I will now be meeting twice a week, and I will look forward to seeing him again this coming Wednesday."
"Today the student and I covered applications of linear systems. After a few examples and some extra practice, she gained a better understanding of how to solve these systems. This section was a review for her quiz retake. She has a B in the class, and her grades are steadily improving."
"Today the student and I covered quadratic functions and their modifications. We covered how to graph them, find their translations, reflections, vertex, max/min, and stretch/compress. We also covered converting functions into their vertex form when given in standard form. He struggled a little bit because he was missing notes from class, but despite this, he was still able to keep up. He will obtain notes from his classmates and then he and I will revisit these topics for reinforcement as well as progress to other concepts he would like to cover in this chapter. Working with the student and his family is always a pleasure."